RECIPE: Moroccan Garbanzo Bean And Feta Pitas

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Moroccan spice blend (see below to make your own)
  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed (choose low-sodium, if possible)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped, seeded, peeled cucumbers
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 whole pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
  • Plain yogurt

Whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, and Moroccan spice blend in medium bowl. Place drained garbanzo beans in large bowl and mix in just enough vinaigrette to coat. Let stand 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Add tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onion, and parsley to garbanzo beans. Mix in just enough vinaigrette to coat. There should still be some vinaigrette remaining. Season bean salad to taste with salt and pepper. Fill pita halves with bean salad and top with dollop of yogurt, if desired. Place 2 pita halves on each of 4 plates; pass remaining vinaigrette separately.
Makes 4 servings.
Bon Appetit
August 2003

To Make Moroccan Spices:
Combine 1 tablespoon ground cumin with 1/4 teaspoon each of ground coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

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